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'Green lung' and parks to transform polluted industrial area

A HIGHLY polluted industrial area in Baoshan District is to be transformed into an ecological zone with parks and a "green lung," officials said.

The city's urban planning authorities said the development plan of the Qilian area in southwest Baoshan will have a key impact on the environment of downtown area. Currently, the densely populated area contains many old factories and truck parking lots.

The Shanghai Planning and Land Resources Bureau defined the area as "ecologically-sensitive," along with another eight zones, mostly around downtown area.

A total of 2.52 square kilometers of green land will open to the public within five years in the 6.29-square-kilometer Qilian area between the Shanghai-Jiading Expressway and Fengxiang Road, an urban planning official surnamed Chen with Dachang Town - that includes most of the area - said yesterday.

This will include a 500-meter-wide forest belt along the expressway as a "green lung" of the city, he said. Parks will be built along the Matang and Nanbang rivers. Some factories are already being shut down.

Some 80,000 people live in the area, including students of Shanghai University, at the northeast of the area.


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